A long time ago in galaxy far away, or 7 years depending on how you want to look at it, (just to note, time is just a construct of our imaginations or something like that…) finding a television show to binge on Netflix was a process. Sure, one could watch The Office again, and 90% of the time it would be an accurate description of myself. But one day while I was browsing the catalog filled with C- movies and a few shows, I was introduced to a television show. My knowledge of The United States of Tara was minimal at best. Possibly, the only thing I did know is that the show aired on a premium channel. And after the first episode, I needed to binge all of it as fast as possible.
Besides being able to paint Dissociative Identity Disorder in way that made the viewer be able to laugh and think at the same time. The show was a groundbreaking hit for Showtime. Little did we know, the actress who portrayed Tara’s daughter would become a superhero. Thus, leads us into the next induction into The Hall, Brie Larson.
The 29-year-old actress has an impressive resume that keeps growing each year. From her time as a sketch performer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Kong: Skull Island, she is a staple of American entertainment. But my introduction to the talented actress was The United States of Tara. Her performance on the show was unlike any other teenager at the time. For the first time in years, the viewer could understand what she was going through. Her portrayal of Kate felt real. As a viewer, one could understand the emotional burden this girl went through during the course of the series.
Of course, in my circle Brie Larson’s most talked about role is that of Rachel on the show Community. Still to this day, Rachel and Abed could have been Michael Scott and Holly from The Office. But damn, it would have been difficult to let go of the relationship of Troy and Abed. Even though her role on the cult classic happened to be short, she is remembered by fans of the show. She eventually answered the call from the big screen starring in such movies as 21 Jump Street and Kong: Skull Island. Eventually leading her to the biggest role to date.
As a fan of comics and the superhero movie genre, I have clamored for something different. I have grown tired of the same old heroes over and over. How many Spiderman movies do we really need in 20 years, the answer btw is apparently 7? DC released Wonder Woman last year and it was a breath of fresh air for the DC Universe. Gal Gadot was able to break the ceiling. And since that, Brie Larson tore down the rest of the house with Captain Marvel. Marvel hit the nail on the head with the casting choice. Captain Marvel is pushing the One Billion mark in sales. And as a fan, that makes my heart happy.
But that is not the only reason Brie is being inducted to The Hall. In the past year, I watched Brie become a beacon hope in a world that seems more depressing each time I log onto to social media. Larson is a gender equality activist, advocate for sexual assault survivors, and an advocate for transgender rights. She is able to take the platform she has been given, and use it in a way that is beneficial to society. In an interview with Jane Fonda for Net-A-Porter, Larson says, “I’d put it all on the line and be an activist for the rest of my life because it doesn’t feel right to me to be quiet.”
Brie Larson is a welcomed addition our Hall, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt when I grow up, I want to be like Brie Larson.